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Drum roll, please: it’s time to announce the nominees for SustainPHL!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to our 10-year anniversary party last evening to witness this announcement in person. It was beyond exciting to share that moment with our Green Philly community! (Psst. Stay tuned for more 10-year party deets soon!)

How we chose: Nominations were open to the public in early May with an online submission form. Our committee reviewed each criterion and awarded points based on submission forms. Then, The final top 3 nominees were tabulated by highest ranking average score, with a couple of ties!

Without further ado, here are the 2018 SustainPHL nominees:

SustainPHL 2018 Nominees 

Sustainability Mentor:

This nominee is broadening the reach of sustainability education and/or deepening the knowledge within the community (to traditional and non-traditional students).

  • Damali Rhett
  • Diane OFee-Powers
  • Matthew Fritch


This nominee is propelling Philadelphia’s future in sustainability.

  • Tiara Clark
  • Diamond Park
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Patrick Morgan

Climate Hero:

This nominee is combating climate change through communications and large-scale initiatives & programs. These initiatives and programs can dramatically improve sustainability (infrastructure, policy, restoration, research).

  • Sarah Wu
  • Climate & Urban Systems Partnership
  • Meenal Raval

Sustainable Communities:

This nominee is working to provide communities with equitable access to clean air & water, clean & open spaces, and energy-efficient resources, as well as protecting local wildlife & habitats.

  • Energy Coordinating Agency
  • Bartram’s Garden
  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Impact Business Leader

These businesses are making an impact in our community, by employing community members as well as positively affecting our environment. Impact businesses are proof that for-profit enterprises can be stewards of social and environmental change, creating that triple-bottom line.

  • Circle Compost
  • Cycles PHL
  • Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants, LLC

Social Impact

This nominee has created impact beyond the conventional definition of sustainability by promoting communities to thrive both economically & sustainably and broadening the reach of sustainability to new communities that could have been neglected.

  • Ken Weinstein
  • Jill Fink
  • Reinvestment Fund

Business Innovation:

This nominee is a for-profit company with a new and innovative product, solution or service.

  • Hungry Harvest
  • MIO Culture
  • Philly Microgreens

Activist Of The Year

This nominee is promoting a sustainability cause and is an activist in his/her/their community by increasing visibility and awareness of sustainability initiatives to new & broader audiences.

  • Flora Cardoni
  • Gabriella Paez
  • Kelly Offner

Neighborhood Champ

This nominee is making a difference on a micro level (neighborhood engagement, block captain, etc) and his/her/their efforts could be unrecognized.

  • Tommy Joshua
  • Judith Robinson
  • Sandi Vincenti
  • Raymond Gant


Attend the ceremony on Aug. 16 and see firsthand who takes home an award. Bonus: live music, sustainable vendors, and educational activities galore! Buy now and save for our early bird rates until June 29th. Grab your tickets here.

by Julie